Swimmer Collier Captains Commencement Course

Amanda Collier, one of three 2006-07 captains of the San Jose State University women’s swimming team, became the first member of her immediate family to earn a baccalaureate degree at the University’s 2008 Commencement ceremony in Spartan Stadium on May 24.

Collier majored in psychology and completed her undergraduate degree requirements in December 2007. She finished her degree program in 4.5 years. The San Jose State University student who graduates with an undergraduate degree needs an average of 5.5 years to graduate.

“I’m the youngest of seven kids, but the first to earn a college degree,” said Collier who traveled from Riverside, Calif., for Commencement. Presently, she is teaching swimming lessons and saving money as best as possible.

“I plan to go back to school and get my teaching credential. I’ll probably teach elementary school,” Collier said.

The four-time letter winner competed in the breaststroke, individual medley and butterfly for the Spartans during the 2004 through 2007 seasons. Following her senior season at the swimming team’s annual awards ceremony, Collier received the team’s Most Improved and shared the Most Inspirational awards.